Wednesday, November 18, 2020

StencilGirl® Stencils: Dimension & Sparkle!

Cecilia Swatton here!  Anyone up for dimensional media with a sparkle of extra bling?

When that mood that struck me, I auditioned several dimensional media … crackle paste, coarse pumice gel, black lava gel, etc.

The audition meant using an artist’s spatula to spread a dab of each across scrap paper.  Although I’ve used all these media in the past, some have been sitting idle far too long, running the risk of drying to the point of uselessness.

Having finished that audition, I grabbed a stretched canvas, a pair of fine-detail scissors and two each of these: StencilGirl®   6” x 6” Mimosa 6 Stencil and 9” x 12” Mimosa Stencil.

I customized the smaller two stencils with scissors, then decided on a design to lay onto the canvas.

With an artist’s spatula, I spread coarse pumice gel through the stencils.

My next two additions of media aren’t easily seen in the next two photos, but they will show up later, when I’ll add paint.  (A little aqua paint has already snuck into the upper right area.  No problem.)  My two additional media are white opaque flakes and light molding paste.

Immediately after using any dimensional media, I always place still-wet stencils into a basin with water, to keep the media from drying.  Dried dimensional media can clog stencil openings.  Water keeps the media soft so that, at project’s end, stencils come clean with the swipe of a paper towel or soft disposable cloth.

After all the media had dried, it looked like this:

I poured out small amounts of acrylic liquid paints:  blue, aqua and iridescent white.

Next, I started adding paint.  At this point I started working faster because I needed the paint to stay wet while I continued.

At Amazon, I’d found these iridescent beads …

… and it was fun sprinkling them into the paint while it was still wet.

Using a water mister bottle, I sprayed the surface to make the colors run.

With a small dry paintbrush, I scattered blue Brusho dry pigment across wet areas.

Next, I added glass bead gel across the central area.

Once the entire surface had dried, I double-checked to make sure the iridescent beads were secured, and when I found loose beads, I added a little gloss gel medium to seal them in; then, called it done.

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  1. Interesting use of all those mediums, Cecilia! Question: It appears that the glass bead gel was pretty stark white. In the last photos, the white 'path' created by the glass bead gel is now blue. Did you add some color after the glass bead gel?

  2. Fabulous. Those crisp edges as a repetitive design concept are sheer genius.


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